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Thursday November 23, 2017 06:26 pm EST
Spoiler alert: Some of our pals are grateful for the government | more...

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Monday November 20, 2017 02:50 pm EST
Feeling generous? Check out these holiday week outreach opportunities | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
'I think of all the people that I've helped, and now someone's helping me.' | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST

Shortly after the Civil War, Ohio newsman Whitelaw Reid visited Atlanta and encountered barren land and madmen.

"The soil of the country, for many miles in all directions, is poor," he wrote. "But the people were infected with the mania of city building."

This line, plucked from the archives by author LeeAnn Lands for her book The Culture of Property: Race, Class, and Housing Urban Landscapes...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
There's Blandtown, which was apparently named after a freed slave. And the teeny-tiny Just Us community along the Atlanta Beltline. And Carver Hills, the appropriately named neighborhood deep in northwest Atlanta that offers one of the most breathtaking views of the downtown skyline. In addition to the Old Fourth Wards, Inman Parks, Midtowns, and other well-known villages within the city... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
When the state and the Atlanta Falcons started signaling that they were going to build a new football stadium and demolish the Georgia Dome, the immediate response wasn't "woo hoo!" but rather "the current one is perfectly fine." | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
That the Goat Farm is a for-profit venture is something co-owner Anthony Harper wants people to hear loud and clear. "We see the Goat Farm as a type of case study, possibly; that it might lend ammunition to the argument that art and culture can be economic stimulators," he says. So far, so good. In the three years since its inception, activity at the former cotton gin factory has exploded,... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST

Every night, an estimated 6,000 men, women, and children are homeless in Atlanta. Helping them during the dark hours of night and during the day are a variety of service providers — some working independently, some working together — with very few resources.

Leading one of those groups is Chuck Bowen, the executive director of the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center. After leaving his job in...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
Pausing to say thanks to those fighting the good fight | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
Whether providing educational resources to local farmers through Georgia Organics' Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program, Slow Food's Defense of Biodiversity initiative, or Wholesome Wave's pledge to double the value of federal and state benefit (SNAP, WIC, SFMNP) dollars at partner markets, these nonprofits are at the forefront of the local food movement, increasing Atlanta's access to healthy... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
Some property owners in Atlanta have too much of a good thing when it comes to the fruit- and nut-bearing trees on their land. Thankfully, the folks at Concrete Jungle are at the ready so all that good bounty doesn't go to waste. With permission, of course, Concrete Jungle visits neighborhood yards, roadside spots, and building locations to shake the trees, scoop up the harvest, and donate it... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born here, preached here, and lived in Vine City on Sunset Avenue (and was arrested outside the former downtown Rich's store). A young John Lewis ate his first meal in Atlanta at Paschal's, which he said "helped to fortify" him and other civil rights foot soldiers "to go out and do battle." We have statues and plaques honoring civil rights figures,... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
We love the freaky activists of the world. People like Tim Franzen, a self-proclaimed community organizer (formerly of Occupy Atlanta) who has slept in public parks and outside people's homes, and has been arrested five times in the last year while fighting to stop bank foreclosures and corporate layoffs. People like journalist/advocate/publisher Matthew Cardinale of Atlanta Progressive News,... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
People who grew up in metro Atlanta in the late 1980s to early 2000s have a special place in their hearts for the Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta, more commonly known as Sci-Trek. The janky museum located next to the Boisfeuillet-Jones Civic Center on Piedmont Road was a frequent field trip for local students, and filled with cool-for-the-time science trinkets, most of which were sold... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
Putting a little thought behind the Thank You | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
Atlanta is blessed with a rich and colorful array of street characters — many of whom would make great action figures — that keep the rest of us working stiffs on our toes, be it Bicycle Shorts Man, Baton Bob, the Urban Cowboy, Ronnie (even though he cut off that one gigantic pancake dreadlock, or maybe it fell off), the guy with all the dogs wearing the sunglasses, or the creepy Silence of the... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
It started with a simple concept: Connect those in need with the people in their community willing to help. But how do you do that, exactly? The answer is as simple as the question. How do people connect today? The Internet. How can you, I, or anyone else put information in front of people with the click of a button? The Internet. What's the easiest and fastest way to spread a message? OK, you... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
Sure, Atlanta can be a transportation clusterfuck, its main thoroughfares getting congested faster than you can say "downtown convention" or "crash on the Connector." But we're thankful that we know our transit tangle well enough to get creative when it's time to get to work. The shortcuts may not get us to our destination any faster, but a proactive approach to sidestepping traffic helps... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
Atlanta might be the capital of what's fast becoming the most backward state in the country, but the city's way ahead of our Georgia brethren when it comes to thinking about transit, sustainability, and making Atlanta a better place to live. In the next four years, city leaders plan to double Atlanta's 60 miles of bike lanes and paths. Civic groups and the local government have teamed up to... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
Many of Atlanta's animals need help. Some simply need a warm bed and a family to love, while others are in desperate need of life-saving medical attention. Thankfully, there are many local organizations and people dedicated to helping neglected animals get a second chance. One such organization, the Atlanta Boxer Rescue, goes above and beyond to care for the popular breed. Since 2008, it has... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Atlanta has four distinct seasons, and that's awesome. | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
There's Broad Street in downtown, where office workers come on break for falafel or burritos. There's Decatur, where young parents compete with college students for a spot at the bar. At the intersection of Virginia and Highland avenues, shoppers roam the sidewalks during the day until the partiers take over at night. Little Five Points is full of characters. And there's the West End, where... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
The City View Sculpture Park is nestled deep behind the sprawling Metropolitan arts complex in southwest Atlanta, and features six kinetic sculptures by Atlanta-born artist Zachary Coffin. The view from the park spreads out from downtown, over the gold dome of the Capitol and the Olympic flame, to Midtown. Our favorite of the moving artworks is "Rock Spinner," a massive boulder perfectly... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
"Sometimes you have to say, 'Fuck the law, we're going to save lives,'" Mona Bennett told Creative Loafing in 2001. For more than a decade, Bennett has walked a legal tightrope every time she's gone to work as program manager for the Atlanta Harm Reduction Center. Technically, Bennett and other workers are distributing drug paraphernalia when they exchange dirty syringes for clean ones during... | more...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 12:00 pm EST
Whether it's the loss of the Atlanta Thrashers, post-season woes for the Atlanta Hawks, or dashed hopes of a Braves playoff run, times have been tough for the loyal Atlanta sports fan. But this year, Matt Ryan and the 9-1 Falcons are a beacon of hope for local sports lovers. So frequently faced with disappointment, we're thankful that this year our Falcons have strung together the most... | more...
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